Most Biblical scholars recognize King Solomon for his wisdom. Appearing to Solomon in a dream, God instructs Solomon to ask him for anything. Here’s Solomon’s response as recorded in I Kings 3:9. “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
Solomon has been given the chance to ask for anything and he asks for an understanding heart, or as some translations read, a “listening” heart. He doesn’t ask to be understood, he doesn’t ask for riches, and he doesn’t ask for a better mind so he can figure things out. He knows. He humbly admits his limitations. He asks God for help listening and understanding his people.
We need a few leaders with humility and a listening heart to guide their team forward. We need a few leaders willing to slow down and understand, I mean deeply understand, those whom they wish to lead. Yesterday, in a day filled with practice after practice, I got my ratio’s right – I spoke much less than I listened and tried to be ccd (clear, concise, and direct). I still spoke on a number of occasions when a good, curious question would have been the wiser response. Long way to go toward the aim of becoming a master at tuning in to every client, every leader, every team, every family member, and every friend. A long way to go toward my aim of owning a listening heart. A work in process, aren’t we all.
We need leaders with listening hearts. Whom does your heart have a hard time hearing? Slow down and reflect. Good…